Tinder Update Embraces Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming Daters
Happen to be transgender or gender non-conforming and looking for love? Tinder has some new features just for you.
The dating app just launched an update that lets people add information about their gender identity to help users “be their authentic selves on the platform.” No longer do you have to be lumped into one of two categories: male or female.
Starting today, you can “break beyond the boundaries of labels,” Tinder said. From the settings screen, you can now add any term that best describes your gender identity. All Tinder users also now have the option to display their gender on their profile.
“Our goal is to provide a product that gives our transgender or gender non-conforming users a better experience on Tinder,” the company’s CEO Sean Rad said in a statement. “We’re really excited about the update and believe it is the right step to take as a company to create more meaningful connections between all of our users. Everyone is welcome on Tinder.”
Tinder partnered with Nick Adams and Alex Schmider from GLAAD, and transgender advocate and consultant Andrea James, who helped guide development of the update.
“For many trans people, opening up to a new romantic prospect about being trans can be a really nerve-racking experience,” James said in a statement. “I know this update will help trans and gender non-conforming users feel more comfortable.”
More genders are available on Tinder in the US, Canada, and the UK.
“It sends a strong message of acceptance when a platform like Tinder clearly tells its users that transgender people are welcome,” Adams, director of GLAAD’s transgender media program, said in a statement. “Trans people who use Tinder are, like all other users, looking to form relationships and find the right match. Tinder’s update allows trans users to be themselves on the platform.”